PATA Travel Mart 2018 kicks off in Langkawi

Last update: 12/09/2018

By Hamdan Ismail

LANGKAWI, Sept 12 (Bernama) -- A total of 198 organisations from 60 countries have begun to gather at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) here for this year’s edition of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart which starts today until Friday.

Package buyers and sellers from countries like India, Thailand, China, Macau and South Korea are  among those taking part in the event, billed as the largest tour and travel business marketing event in the Asia-Pacific region.

Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) chief executive officer, Datuk Azizan Noordin said for the first time, the travel mart also include a PATA youth symposium which attracted over 100 university students from within and outside the country.

“We aim to attract more youths to be involved in the tourism industry and through this symposium, they will be able to identify the opportunities, whether around the country or abroad,” he said.

The participants of the travel mart would be feted at a reception to be held at the Langkawi International Convention Centre tonight, where a tourism awards presentation ceremony will also takes place.